Rangers in the Classroom

Ranger in a classroom

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Invite a Ranger to Your Classroom

White Sands National Monument offers curriculum-based programs that directly relate park resources to what you are teaching in the classroom. Schools within a 1-2 hour driving range from White Sands National Monument may request a ranger to present a program in the classroom. (This includes the communities of Alamogordo, Tularosa, Cloudcroft, Las Cruces, and El Paso.)

If you would like a ranger to visit your classroom for an education program, fill out our Ranger Program Request Form. On this form, you will be asked to provide program types, date choices, and specific curriculum standards that you would like the ranger to cover during your education program. Each program will be tailored to meet your class's educational needs. The park requires at least four (4) week's notice in order to schedule and prepare for the program.

Download the Ranger Program Request Form. Once you've downloaded and filled it out completely, submit it via one of the following ways:

1) Fax it to 575-479-1116 to the attention of the Education Specialist

2) Email it to whsa_education@nps.gov

Supplemental Materials: The White Sands Puppet Theater

The White Sands Puppet Theater is a portable puppet show presented by rangers. It uses a variety of puppets and is designed to teach students about the animals that make their homes in the dunes. If you would like to arrange a puppet show, please download the puppet show reservation form. Mail the completed from to whsa_education@nps.gov or fax it to (575) 479-1116. The Education Coordinator will then contact you to confirm the details.

Due to the size of the theater set-up and both the space and time required to set it up, it is recommended this is presented to more than a single classroom at one time. We prefer an audience of 70-80 students for this presentation.

We will do our best to accommodate all requests. Please keep in mind, however, that due to staffing levels or demand, there may be dates on which we may not be able to do so.
Puppet Shows Available

Pedro Ponders the Past

Pedro Ponders the Past is a one-act puppet skit on the geological history of White Sands National Monument written by Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Joplin J. Sell. The show lasts approximately 45 minutes and follows a new park ranger as she prepares for her first Sunset Stroll. The new ranger learns about the unique geological formation of the dunefield, the importance of water to the dunes, plants, and animals as well as the people who have lived in the basin surrounding the dunes. This show is appropriate for ages K-3.

Dreams of Adaptations

Dreams of Adaptations is a one-act puppet skit on animal adaptation at White Sands National Monument written by Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Joplin J. Sell. The show lasts approximately 30 minutes and follows the adventures of a young Mescalero Apache boy as he encounters the animals of the dunefiled and learns how they have adapted to survive in this unique desert environment. This show is appropriate for grades K-3.

For a more in-depth summary of each show, download it here.
Ranger with puppets
Ranger Joplin Sell with the stars of the puppet show

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Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1086
Holloman AFB, NM 88330


(575) 479-6124
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